REVIEW: Sweat, Donmar Warehouse (2018)
Leanne Best as Jessie, Martha Plimpton as Tracey and Clare Perkins as Cynthia (Photo: Johan Persson)

REVIEW: Sweat, Donmar Warehouse (2018)

Set in Reading, Pennsylvania,Sweat looks at blue collar workers in America and how after years of toiling for the same company they lose their jobs to cheaper labour, from immigrant communities within the United States, or to the residents of Mexico. Reading is a steel town and like Sheffield, in the 1997 film The Full Monty, is one which finds it is losing jobs to cheaper producers abroad. Of course what Lynn Nottage is cleverly documenting is the reason behind the political success of Donald Trump in the 2016 election with the support of blue collar Americans.

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REVIEW: Intimate Apparel, Park Theatre  (2014)
Rochelle Neil as Mayme and Tanya Moodie as Esther (Photo: Simon Annand)

REVIEW: Intimate Apparel, Park Theatre (2014)

This is a superb play with well delineated, convincing characters delivering subtle nuances of emotion. I'd happily sit through it again and it deserves to be sold out many times over for Nottage's skillful writing, Moodie's brilliant performance and Boswell's clever direction. Bravo!

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REVIEW: Fabulation or the Re-education of Undine, Tricycle Theatre (2006)
Clare Perkins as an Inmate and Jenny Jules as Undine (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

REVIEW: Fabulation or the Re-education of Undine, Tricycle Theatre (2006)

American playwright Lynn Nottage's most recent play Fabulation or the Re-education of Undine comes to London's Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn. It is a charming comedy which takes a satirical look at a New York business woman's fall from an affluent and privileged life style to one where she is forced to re-examine her materialistic values.

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